Information and Communication Technology
The Ministers emphasised that there is an urgent need for the international community and all stakeholders to increase their effort to address the development of information and communication technology and bridge the digital divide as a way to reduce the continued imbalances and inequalities between developed and developing countries in the field of information and communication technology. They agreed to move towards a knowledge- based economy in order to pool and share expertise in state-of-the-art technologies, in a complementary manner to bridge both the urban-rural divide and the digital divide.
The Ministers expressed their satisfaction on the launching of the preparatory process of the 2nd phase of the World Summit on the Information Society by the 1st Preparatory meeting held in Hammamet on June 24–26, 2004 and call for wide attendance and active participation in the Summit to be held in Tunis on November 16-18, 2005. The Ministers urged Governments at the highest level, civil society and private sector representatives to participate and contribute in the deliberations of the Summit with a view to bridging the digital divide and to ensure universal access to the benefits of an Information Society.
The Ministers remained committed to further strengthening South-South co-operation. In this context, they emphasised the importance of having effective strategies and
mechanisms, for reliance, giving restructuring of
promoting accelerated economic growth and development and self-
greater dynamism to international economic
the world relations.
outcome of the South Summit, held in Havana from 10th to 14th April 2000, the decisions adopted on strengthening the co-ordination and co-operation
in particular between the
NAM and the G77 of the developing
through the countries.
JCC in They
the promotion and defence of also supported the ongoing
the common interest implementation and
follow-up of the Havana outcome including the Follow-up and Co-ordination Committee from
Tenth Session 18th to 22nd
of the Intergovernmental August 2001 in Tehran,
They welcomed the celebration of the High-level Conference of the South-South Co- operation in Marrakech, Kingdom of Morocco in December 2003, and the adoption of the Marrakech Declaration and the Marrakech Framework for the implementation of South-
South co-operation which reaffirmed the commitment of the South-South co-operation and identified specific measures and
Developing Countries to initiatives to achieve this implementation of these
measures and contained in operation.
initiatives and to expediting the Marrakech Framework
achievement of the time-bound objectives the Implementation of South-South co-
The Ministers welcomed the Libyan, Cuban and Nigerian initiative called the South- South Health Care Programme that was launched during the South Summit. NAM member countries are invited to support the programme.
The Ministers recognised the significant role of economic and technical co-operation 58